Feb 27, 2019

Diplome d’Etudes en Langue Francais

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The Diplôme d'études en langue française (Diploma in French Language Studies), or DELF for short, is a certification of French language abilities for non-native speakers of French. The certification is administered by the International Centre for French Studies (CIEP) for France's Ministry of Education. It is comprised of four independent diplomas corresponding to the first four levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: A1, A2, B1 and B2. Annually, there are around 400,000 enrollments in more than 1,150 examination centers in 174 countries, actively participate in the promotion of the French language. the world.

The examinations are available in three varieties: "DELF Prim" which is for Primary school students (only available at A1 level), "DELF Junior et Scolaire" which is for at secondary-school aged students and "DELF Tous Publics" which focuses in adults. Each variety is worth precisely the same and results in the awarding of the same diploma. However, the material is varied to ensure that it is appropriate for the target cohort. DELF certificates are valid for life and do not expire.

Part One: Listening:
In this section the candidate is presented with a series of recordings, and asked to complete comprehension questions regarding the selection played.

Part Two: Reading: This section examines the candidates' reading comprehension by presenting numerous short pieces of writing, followed by comprehension questions.

Part Three: Writing: This tests the candidates written skills and again varies in subjects according to the level.

Part Four: Speaking:
At the A1 and A2 levels this section involves of a guided conversation where the candidate is prompted by the examiner. There is a short exchange of information on a defined subject, and also a role-play between the examiner and the candidate.

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Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




The Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, annually register around 400,000 enrollments in more than 1,150 examination centers in 174 countries.

A ceremony on 7 October in a prestigious venue in Paris, brought together more than 200 participants: network actors in France and abroad, institutional partners and the CIEP team.

Due to the large amount of participants in this competition, this is rated as highly competitive

Participation Cost


The registration fees/costs will vary depending on the institution you are applying through.

Outside France, the cost of registering for each diploma is set by the Department for cooperation and cultural affairs (SCAC) of the French embassy and the National Commission. In France, it is set by the local education offices. For information on fees, contact the examination centre where you would like to take the diploma.

Other expenses may apply to international travelling participants.

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


If you are not French and would like your French skills to be recognised for personal or professional purposes.

Time Commitment


The certification process won't take up too much time. Students must take time to study and prepare for the test, and then sit the examination.

Application Process Includes

Candidates must register in approved examination centres in France or outside France. You can register in one country or in different countries, and there are no time limits. Contact the approved examination centres outside France.